Cones Vs Straight Joints

Cone or Straight Joints

We agree that smoking a joint is one of the best ways to enjoy the herb. You have time to savor it and the effect is usually quite potent. However, if you’re a frequent smoker, you’ve probably already asked yourself a certain question: which is better, a cone joint or a straight joint?

Well, here we will review the qualities of each type and then evaluate them and give the title of “better” to one of them. From now on it is necessary to clarify that this is a totally subjective judgment. In this kind of matter, personal taste is what matters and you may not agree with our verdict.

Cone or straight joints?

If you’re a frequent smoker, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. But if you have no idea what we mean by “conical” or “straight”, don’t feel bad, we’ll explain it to you.

Let’s start by talking about the joint in question. It is by far one of the best ways to smoke herbs. You can control the density, the length, the thickness, they are easy to transport and in many cases, you don’t even have to make them yourself. That’s right, you can buy them ready-made.

That said, you can roll joints in any shape and size. The limits are your imagination and, of course, your rolling skills. So, we’re not going to talk about all those types of joints. Instead, we are going to focus on the favorites and most popular ones: conical joints and straight joints.

Is there a difference, does one taste better, is one trip more potent…? Are there different types of joints? We know you have many questions, but don’t worry, because we will answer every doubt.

Straight joints

Straight Joint

This is the most common form of rolling of all. It’s also because it’s pretty simple, even without a rolling machine. “Rolling machine! Do those already exist?” Yes, but the point of the straight joint is that you can make them with or without a machine.

They are generally about three inches (counting the filter), which is about the approximate size of rolling paper. If instead of rolling them yourself, you buy ready-made joints, you may not be sold this type. This is because, as we said, it is very easy to make one of these at home.

In order for you to understand their practicality, let’s look at some advantages of straight joints:

  • First, the joints remain the same throughout the joint. In other words, there will be no areas where the paper is thinner and others where it is thicker. At least, that should be the case if it is rolled correctly.
  • They are very easy to carry. You can even carry one in a pack of cigarettes and it will pass for just another cigarette.
  • Because they are narrower joints, they carry less herb, which can translate into savings. Of course, if they’re trying to sell you a straight joint for the price of a conical, dude, they’re ripping you off.

So far, so good, but as expected, there has to be something wrong. Again, this
is a subjective opinion and the final verdict depends on your personal taste.
These are the cons of straight joints:

  • Containing less amount of herb, yes, you save, but the trip may not be as potent as you expect. However, at this point, you should know the types of cannabis and their potency. Just in case, we’ll talk about that later.
  • Sometimes straight joints burn unevenly. This can degenerate into a waste of herbs. Although it is important to emphasize that this
  • happens when it is not lit correctly.

Straight joints are the cheapest option. The quality of the trip depends on other factors, such as the type of herb you use, your reaction to it, etc. Anyway, if you want a joint that is easy to roll and economical, go for this

Cone joints

Cone Joint

Now, cone joints are the “pro” option in many ways. They can also be made with or without a rolling machine, but be warned: you need skill. If it’s the first joint you roll on your own, better not waste paper, because it can go wrong.

Like straight joints, conical joints are about three inches long, which is the average length of rolling paper. However, what sets them apart from the first model is their conical shape, for redundancy’s sake. In some places, they are even called “bat”.

These joints get wider as they get farther away from the filter, giving room for a lot more herb. Exactly, it’s a more intense trip. If you go to buy joints, you will most likely be offered cone joints.

And since they became popular, the advantage (Marketwire) is obvious. They may be a little more expensive, but if you are willing to pay more for more herbs… explanations are not needed.

To clarify the matter further, let’s look at the advantages of conical joints:

  • They are very difficult to burn unevenly. In other words, there is no waste of herbs.
  •  The wider end accommodates much more herbs. Depending on the size, it can hold up to twice as much as a straight joint.
  • Many smokers claim that conical joints have a smoother throat hit. But wait, smoother on the throat and more potent on the trip.
  •  No one can deny that a conical joint has a style that a straight joint will never match.

Yes, we also agree that conical joints are the best. However, like all good things, they have their downside, and that’s this:

  •  It is not the best choice if you are going to use your own herb unless you don’t mind spending a lot of it. We stress that the amount of herb you can fit in a conical joint is a lot. Two‐pound joints or more have been seen. So, in this case, more may not mean better. Also if you don’t carry a lot of travel as a stoner, be careful, because it can get out of hand very easily.
  • If you are not very skilled at rolling joints, you should not dare with the conical model. And much less if you are with friends, you don’t want to make a fool of yourself in front of everyone, do you?

In short, the conical joint is ideal for those who prefer stronger effects. If you’re going to buy it, no problem, but if you’re going to roll it yourself, don’t do anything crazy.

Okay, we’ve told you and told you again that it’s hard to roll conical joints and blah blah blah blah, right? Well, it is indeed complicated, but there is a solution that might interest you.

It’s OCB Bamboo Unbleached Cones, a new product from OCB that will leave you flying… literally? Each package includes three bamboo paper cones to fill, complete with a filter. Maybe you didn’t read that right, so we’ll say it again: three cones, King size, by the way, ready to be filled with the herb of your choice.

Which is better: cone joint or straight joint?

Well, and here’s the million-dollar question, the one you’ve been waiting for. There will be no fireworks or giant screens showing the winner. We’re sorry to disappoint you, because there may not even be a “winner,” per se.

“Why,” you may be asking yourself, “what’s the best kind of joint?”. The answer lies within you.

All kidding aside, to decide which type of joint is better, you have to try them both and judge for yourself.

The straight joint is easy to assemble, is the classic version, and even the most elegant, at least as far as it goes. The conical joint fits more herb burns better, gives a better trip, and looks great too!

Yes, you know that by all accounts, the conical joint is a thousand times better than the straight joint. But if we say that, just like that, many of those who read this will jump with purist airs to defend the straight joint. Anyway, we are not for that kind of polemic.

At the end of the day, both types of joints have the same purpose and both achieve it effectively. Which one you prefer is up to you. Of course, we recommend the straight version if you are a first‐timer. You know, to avoid accidents. But if you are a veteran, don’t hesitate to choose the cone joint.

How to roll a joint?

Do you remember when we told you that rolling a joint is hard? Seriously, we said it before. Well, besides buying the ready‐made joint, or rolling paper ready to fill, you can do something else. You can learn how to roll a joint. And boy, can we teach you.

1. Choose your paper

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There are many varieties of rolling paper. The most common is wood pulp. There is also rice paper, but it is very thin and can be difficult to handle; although it is very good in terms of flavor. But the best is hemp paper if we want to stay purist and, well… make straight joints.

2. Shred your herb.

It doesn’t matter what you use or how you do it, but make sure you shred your herb well. The finer it is, the easier it will burn and the better the effect. We recommend using a grinder, also known as a grinder, but there are many methods.

3. Prepare the filter

You have two options: buy a pack of filters, or make your own. In the first case there is not much to say, just go to the store and buy the one that suits you best.

But if you’re going to make your own, you can use thick paper. Fold it in a spiral so that it is a cylinder without very open spaces. This filter will not retain the smoke, but it will prevent the herb or charcoal from passing into your mouth. Of course, if you are old school (older school than those who prefer straight joints), you can simply not use a filter. In this case, whatever goes into your mouth is your responsibility.

4. Put the herb on the paper

Put your rolling paper on a surface (preferably) and sprinkle the herb on it. At this point, it is best to put the filter in place beforehand. Then, put the herb from where the filter ends. Remember that the distribution will depend on what kind of joint you are going to make. If it is straight, you can do it evenly. But if it is conical, you will need to add more herbs at the far end of the filter.

5. Mold your artwork

This is the part that scares newbies. But don’t worry if you struggle, it’s really difficult and takes a lot of practice. You can practice doing it with… Playdough?
Use both thumbs to close the paper as you push the herb into place. Try not to leave any creases, as this can damage the whole job.

6. The sealing

Wet the sticky end with your tongue and slide your finger along the edge so that you press the end. At this point, your joint will be sealed and could be smoked as is. But since you’re not a low‐down smoker, you’ll use some object to push the herb around, giving your joint more consistency. This will also allow you to add more herbs. However, don’t overdo it either, you could clog the airflow and ruin years of work. Finally, take the open end between your index finger, and thumb, and twist it. This way, you will be sealing your joint completely.

Disclaimer: Types of Cannabis

There are two types of herb: Sativa and Indica.

Sativa is the species with the highest THC content. It is native to warm climates and takes ten to fifteen weeks to mature. It is famous for its energizing and invigorating effects. In medicine, it is recommended for people with depression or chronic pain.

The indica variety does not have as much THC, but it does have high amounts of CBD. CBD is a nonpsychoactive chemical compound, but it relieves anxiety, pain perception, and inflammation. So, if you want a more euphoric effect, use Sativa. If you want to sit back and relax, use the Indica strain.

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